Stewart Downing surprised by level of support at Liverpool

After moving to the Anfield club in the summer from Aston Villa, the England international has admitted he is shocked by the support that Kenny Dalglish's side have abroad

Liverpool’s Stewart Downing admits that he was surprised by the team’s support after joining the club this summer.

The 27-year-old winger, who has also played for Middlesbrough and Aston Villa, says he has not been at a club with such a huge fan base abroad before.

“Everywhere we go there seems to be a lot of fans," he told the club's official website.

"No disrespect, but I didn't have that at other clubs.

"We have fans all around the world. Especially games like Valerenga. I didn't realise we had so many fans based abroad. It shows you it's a big football club."

Despite a 1-1 draw with Sunderland in Liverpool’s opening game, the Reds have made a good start to this season’s campaign, beating Arsenal away and Bolton Wanderers at home.

Downing added: "I've met a lot of the fans and the people and can sense a buzz around the place. They ask about the players, about who is fit and the season. They're very nice people, very genuine.

"There's a buzz in Liverpool again. With the money the owners have spent and the way we've started, you can understand that. We've now got to carry it on and give them something to cheer about.

"It's absolutely brilliant playing at Anfield. When I played against Liverpool you always sensed the atmosphere. They don't half get behind their team."